The GCBF Advisory Committee recently modified the requirements to earn the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. The GCBF workshops were redeveloped as a required 1-credit course (GRAD 726) that launched in Fall 2019. Students who were accepted in the certificate prior to December 2018 may elect to either complete the workshop requirement or take GRAD 726 Business Fundamentals. Those who are completing the certificate through the workshop requirement must complete all workshops by December 2019. Students who applied after December 2018 must take GRAD 726 Business Fundamentals.

2019 Workshops

January 23, 12:30 – 2pm: Venture Capital and Angel Panel

Panel discussion on startup financing, what investors are looking for when making an investment, and how the panelists found their way to this career path. The panelists will include:

  • Stephen Clossick (Triangle Angel Partners)
  • Mark Friedman (Triangle Angel Partners)
  • Kit Law (Pappas Ventures)
  • Donald Thompson (Walk West)
  • Lebone Moses (Chisara Ventures)
  • Jason Caplain (Bull City Venture Partners)

The discussion will be moderated by Vickie Gibbs (UNC Entrepreneurship Center), and held in McColl 2500 in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

January 28, 12:30 – 2:30pm: NCBiotech Jobs Network: It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who Knows You

A Personal Marketing Plan is a great way to differentiate yourself and position yourself for future opportunities. Nellie Scott will show attendees how to build a Personal Marketing Plan and how to use this powerful tool effectively for networking, starting conversations, and developing leads. Nellie will also share her tips for managing your career, promoting your talents, and planning your next move. Register here.

January 30, 5:30 – 7pm: Startup Legal 101

Benji Taylor Jones, co-founder of Innovate Capital Law, will explain the basics of setting up a corporation: choice of entity types, key legal documents, and capital raising fundamentals. This workshop will include a lively Q&A session, networking and refreshments afterwards. Benji Taylor Jones advises public and private companies on a broad spectrum of legal issues affecting businesses. She regularly represents clients in public equity and debt offerings, traditional private placements and repurchase programs, public company securities compliance, corporate formation and governance, early stage financing for start-up and growth companies, mergers and acquisitions and strategic contracting. Register here.

January 31, 2 – 4pm: Communication Styles and Conflict Resolution

Effective communication is critical to success in our professional careers as well as daily interactions. This workshop will provide opportunities to assess your communication style, learn strategies on how to best interact with others who may not share your style, determine issues that are impacting your progress and how to respond to conflict in constructive ways. Register here.

February 12, 4:30 – 5:30pm: WinS and SBC Present: Venture Capital with Christy Shaffer

Christy Shaffer, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience in the life science industry. She is a receptor pharmacologist by training, earning her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN in 1985. She received her post-doctoral training at The Chicago Medical School and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1995 she joined Inspire Pharmaceuticals as the first full-time employee. She was responsible for raising over $300M for the company and growing the company from 20 scientists to nearly 250 employees with revenues of over $100M. Under her leadership Inspire was named “Best Place to Work for Scientists” by the Scientist magazine, and “Best Place to Work in North Carolina.” Register here.

March 1, 12 – 2pm: Strengths Lunch & Learn

Discover your innate natural talents, then learn how to apply them to achieve your goals. Understanding your strengths will help as you explore careers, work in teams, and find strategies that are best suited to you and what you already do well. Registrants will be contacted to take Gallup StrengthsFinder and results will be discussed in a group setting at the workshop.  RSVP by February 22. Register here.

March 4, 4 – 5pm: Beyond the Bench Seminar

Attend this Beyond the Bench Seminar to hear Taylor Meyer, the managing partner of Hyperspace Ventures, share his experiences creating a million-dollar company, transitioning from chemistry to venture capital. Hyperspace Ventures is a venture capital company based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hyperspace Ventures not only invests in start-ups, but also helps connect entrepreneurs with specialists in both digital design and brand management. Register here.

March 7, 5:30 – 6:30pm: Carolina Innovations Seminar: The Entrepreneur

During this session, you’ll hear forward-looking, experience-infused insights from a student-turned-executive who has successfully navigated the path from an academic laboratory on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus to a publicly traded company. Nathan Stasko, PhD, who was a co-founder of Novan Inc. and previously served as the company’s President and on its Board of Directors for 13 years, invites you to come listen to the top things he wishes he’d known before embarking on his own adventure over a decade ago. Register here.

March 20, 12 – 4pm: Build Your Personal Brand with LinkedIn

Join this half-day event to learn how to optimize your online presence to attract the attention of employers. Career professionals will be at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Armfield Atrium to review your LinkedIn profile, share advice on leveraging LinkedIn to your advantage, take free professional headshots and more. This session counts as two workshops. Register here.

March 27, 1 – 3pm: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

The second annual Pharmacoepidemiology Career Panel, hosted by the UNC-CH Student Chapter of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology (SISPE) and the Graduate and Professional Students Federation (GPSF), will be held on March 27. Learn more.

March 27, 6 – 8pm: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

This workshop will explore a variety of skills and approaches that can be used in different situations where conflicts arise. These skills are appropriate for addressing issues between peers, between managers and direct reports, and with customers. An emphasis will be placed on effective communication skills that help both you and the other person focus on collaborative solutions. Register here.

April 2, 1 – 3pm: Enhancing Interpersonal and Leadership Effectiveness

The desired outcome of this session is to provide participants with needed “people” skills that are paramount to team and organizational effectiveness. Each will understand to how to create work environments that foster engagement and productive working relationships. Participants will be able to better understand their own and others differing personalities and learn how to better work with, manage, mentor, communicate with and motivate the various types measured by the Peoplemap assessment. Each participant will gain a thorough and practical inventory of their strengths along with an understanding of areas needed for further professional development. Each participant will come away with an action plan highlighting specific behaviors for greater professional effectiveness,  more productive working relationships, and peak performance. Register here.

April 3, 5 – 6:30pm: Startup Legal 201

Benji Taylor Jones, co-founder of Innovate Capital Law, will discuss and share capital raising strategies for your startup or small business. Her workshop will include a lively Q&A session, networking and refreshments afterwards. Register here.

April 4, 5:30 – 6:30pm: Carolina Innovations Seminar: Pharmaceutical Innovations

Attend the next Carolina Innovations Seminar to hear the latest news about the Eshelman Institute for Innovation and how it is accelerating ideas that lead to discoveries and breakthroughs in research, education and health care. Register here.

April 5, 12 – 1pm: Career Networking Lunch with IQVIA's Dr. Aaron Towers

Join TIBBS for a Career Networking Lunch with Dr. Aaron Towers, of IQVIA, to learn more about working at a CRO like IQVIA, breaking in to clinical research in industry, and about becoming a CRA. Lunch will be provided! Enjoy some Cosmic Cantina on TIBBS, and get some great career mentoring along the journey. Dr. Aaron Towers is a Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) 1 at IQVIA, one of the largest contract research organizations in the world. After completing his PhD in Genetics and Genomics at Duke University, Dr. Towers was hired as a CRA at Quintiles (now IQVIA) where he provided clinical monitoring in all aspects of a clinical trial including subject safety, data review, adherence to study protocols, and updating of study documentations. Now as a Senior CRA, he acts as a mentor to incoming CRAs while still playing a critical role in clinical trial monitoring from site selection to the conclusion of the trial. Furthermore, his focus on genetics and neuroscience during his thesis has allowed him to specialize in clinical trials related to Alzheimer’s disease and act as a critical scientific resource for all incoming study team members. Register here.

April 11, 12–1pm: Sushi Seminar with Dr. John Padieri

Over his research career, Dr. John Padieri, co-founder & senior director of research at SymbicBio, has been extensively involved in industry and academic drug development, and worked at key stages spanning the knowledge areas of UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Divisions. In this session, we will learn more about how he has combined basic science, clinical and business methods to identify and address unmet medical needs. Sushi platters will be provided. Please RSVP here by Thursday, April 4th at 12pm. 

April 11, 4:30 – 8:30pm: 2019 Innovation Showcase

Attend the 2019 Innovation Showcase hosted by UNC’s Innovate Carolina to discover ventures selected from among the top innovators at Carolina and in local community. This session counts as two workshops. Register here.

April 26, 8am – 5pm: NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

The annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium, now in its 22nd year, is one of the largest assemblies of biomedical organizations and young scientists in Research Triangle Park. Targeting postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, the Career Symposium provides young scientists with an opportunity to explore a myriad of career options and create a contact network as they plan for their future careers in the biomedical sciences. There will be a variety of workshops and career panel discussions. Note: This session will count for three workshop credits. Register here.

May 8, 10am – 12pm: Interactive Job Simulation Workshop in Regulatory Affairs, Data Analytics, or Project Management

Choose your favorite Job Sim career pathway–Data Analytics, Program Management, or Regulatory Affairs–to “try out” an experiential learning task essential to that career! Accompanied by local professionals from each industry position, Innovative Job Simulation expert Dr. Thi Nguyen, founder and developer of Intersect Job Simulations, will facilitate this in-person interactive workshop with three tracks. Lunch and networking will follow event. Register here.

May 10, 10am – 12pm: Business Strategy for Life Scientists

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe commonly used tools for environmental assessments
  • Explain the benefits of doing the analyses
  • Describe the key elements of an enterprise’s strategy
  • Draft SMART objectives
  • Identify common tools used to facilitate strategy development

Register here.

May 22, 10am – 12pm: What a Scientist Needs to Know about GLP and GMP to Succeed in Industry

Wondering what a scientist needs to know about GLP and GMP to succeed in industry? Find out in this workshop! Register here.

May 23, 5 – 6pm: UNC Celebration of Inventorship

During this celebration, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from University leaders about Carolina’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship,
enjoy a presentation from the UNC Inventor of the Year, and hear an announcement that recognizes all inventors who received issued patents in the last year. Register here.

June 5, 10am – 12pm: Everything You Need to Know to Land an Industry Position – An Interviewing Workshop

Learn everything you need to know to land an industry position in this interviewing workshop. Register here.

June 10, 5pm – 7pm: NCBiotech Jobs Network: An Evening with Heather Hollick

Attend this NCBiotech Jobs Network event for an evening of learning and networking in celebration of Heather Hollick’s new book “Helpful.” While “Helpful” is a book about networking, it’s also a book about life, careers, and how to build great teams. It is at once a manifesto about how we should treat one another while at the same time a practical how-to guide for building a professional network. Hollick will share highlights from her book, dispelling some of the myths and misunderstandings of networking. Learn about the important role of small talk, how to avoid the world’s worst networking question, and how to ask the ultimate one instead. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A and general networking. Register here.

June 19, 10am – 12pm: Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Biotech Startups

In this workshop, you will learn about entrepreneurship and the evolution of biotech start ups. Register here.

June 27, 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Genentech Industry Info Session

Join UNC alum Dr. Catherine Cruz for a chat about successfully navigating industry careers. The Genentech Industry Info Session will include a presentation introducing Genentech, an overview of a PhD-level scientist position, and information about different positions available to PhDs. Coffee and snacks will be served. Register here.

July 10, 10am – 12pm: Tales of a New Hire: For-profit Recent Hire Panel

Hear from a panel of recent hires in for-profit companies. Register here.

July 24, 10am – 12pm: Putting Together a Winning Application for Your Industry Position

Learn tips from hiring managers and talent recruiters for putting together a winning application for an industry position. Register here.

August 9, 1 – 5pm: ELITE Site Visit to Fujifilm Biotechnologies

TIBBS is collaborating with NIEHS and Duke to visit Fujifilm Biotechnologies as part of the ELITE (Enhancing Local Industry Transitions Through Exploration) Program. Learn how to apply here.

September 12, 3:30 - 5pm: Gallup Strengths Workshop

Discover your innate natural talents, then learn how to apply them to achieve your goals. Understanding your strengths will help as you explore careers, work in teams, and find strategies that are best suited to you and what you already do well. Registrants will be contacted to take Gallup StrengthsFinder and results will be discussed in a group setting during the workshop. REGISTER

September 12, 5:30-6:30pm: Digital Therapeutics: Software as Treatment

At the first Carolina Innovations Seminar of the fall semester, you’ll hear from Sarah Jackson, Chief of Staff at Click Therapeutics®, and Carly Levin, Strategic Development at Click Therapeutics®. Click Therapeutics® develops and commercializes software as prescription medical treatments for people with unmet medical needs. Learn from these industry leaders about how software is changing the treatment paradigm. REGISTER

Tuesdays, September 17 - October 8, 3 - 5pm: Effective Mentoring Series

This mentoring workshop series (CIMER: Entering Mentoring) will provide graduate students training in the competencies and skills needed to be an effective mentor. Sessions will be based on case scenarios, evidence-based practices, and participants are expected to actively engage in discussions. Participants are expected to commit to attending all four sessions. Those who complete all four sessions will receive a placard acknowledging their participation. This series will count as four workshops toward the GCBF workshop requirement. REGISTER

September 17, 5 - 6pm: Triangle Insights Group Company Presentation and Networking Event

Are you a PhD student considering a career in life sciences consulting? Attend Triangle Insights Group’s company presentation and networking event. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about life science consulting and network with leaders in the field. Refreshments will be provided. REGISTER by September 13.

September 25, 5 - 6pm: Beyond the Bench Seminar with JoAnn Giannone

Are you considering a life sciences career in business, drug discovery, or medical device development? Would you like to know more about what is required to get a prescription drug or medical device approved for commercial sale? If so, this month’s Beyond the Bench Seminar is for you! Join GBCC and WinS on September 25 to meet JoAnn Giannone, President and CEO of Clinical Strategies and Tactics Inc., and her team of panelists. LEARN MORE

September 30, 1 - 5pm: Preparing for the Academic Job Market

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with strategies for effective academic job searches, writing cover letters and CVs that get noticed, as well as teaching and research statements that illustrate skills and readiness for academic positions. This event will count as two workshops toward the GCBF workshop requirement. REGISTER

October 3, 11:30am - 1:30pm: Communication Styles and Conflict Resolution

Effective communication is critical to success in our professional careers as well as daily interactions. This workshop will provide opportunities to assess your communication style, learn strategies on how to best interact with others who may not share your style, determine issues that are impacting your progress and how to respond to conflict in constructive ways. Lunch provided. REGISTER

October 9, 6-8pm: Building Your Brand

This event will start off with a networking session with experts available to review resumes/CVs and LinkedIn profiles, followed by a panel session that will focus on the following topics and beyond:

  • Stand out and find the right career fit by telling your unique story
  • Effectively communicate and build relationships with your colleagues and supervisors
  • Understand professional etiquette in the hiring process and beyond

Please RSVP to Mishelle Smith ( if you are planning to attend.

October 17, 9am – 12pm: ELITE Site Visit to Biogen

TIBBS is collaborating with NIEHS and Duke to visit Biogen as part of the ELITE (Enhancing Local Industry Transitions Through Exploration) Program. Learn more and apply here.

October 17, 10 – 2pm: Learning to Network and Interview Successfully

Although most graduate students and postdocs have heard about the importance of networking and interviewing well for proactively managing their careers, many do not have a clear plan for doing so. In this half-day workshop, three Ph.D.-level professionals will help participants learn how to network and interview successfully by encouraging them to be intentional, authentic, and articulate in their networking and interviewing process. Equipped with those three tenets, job seekers become empowered and confident as they manage their careers and conduct a job search campaign. Topically, the workshop will cover networking, informational interviewing, and employment interviewing to give participants valuable information and vital skills for job searching success. Register here.

October 24, 2– 5pm: TIBBS Career Blitz

At the Career Blitz, 31 Ph.D.-trained scientists from different career tracks will be on hand in a casual setting to answer your questions about what they do, how they navigated their career paths, and how you can follow in their footsteps. Enjoy light refreshments while you network with the speakers during the 3 hour come-and-go event. This event counts as two workshops for the GCBF requirement. Learn about the confirmed presenters and register here.

October 28, 12:30–2:30pm: NC Biotech Jobs Network: Structured Networking

At this structured networking event, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with others in your specific job sector/interest area to help one another with specific needs such as: finding a contact at a specific company; resolving current problems you may be having; and sharing information about companies that may be hiring. Register here.

November 7, 4–7pm: Larger Than Life Science: Front and Center

This free monthly event series is open to those interested in building a strong support network for North Carolina’s life science and healthcare. This month’s inspiration is mentorship, strategy, and new pathways to approve life-changing treatments for patients. Meet trailblazing women in science and medicine and learn how to approach Phase 1 drug testing while saving time and money. Prepare your medical device for clinical trials, development and commercialization. Register here.

November 12, 12–4pm: NC Master's and Doctoral Career Fair

Graduate and professional students and post docs in humanities/social sciences and STEM fields are cordially invited to attend this event at the Friday Center put on by six North Carolina institutions (Duke, N.C. State, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, and Wake Forest University). Register here.

November 13, 4-7pm: Project Management Career Panel

Do you find yourself frequently managing projects? Does your title reflect this work? These are questions you might ask yourself if you are a project manager, but have not yet made the leap into official project management. How can these skills take you into different industries such as clinical research, programming, or regulatory and quality? Hear from a panel of experienced speakers who made the leap from academia to a wide array of project management positions. This diversity of job descriptions can help you envision where you want your career to grow and how project management can help you get there! Attendees will have a better understanding of how to successfully manage the transition to project management in a wide range of fields and how people have grown into their roles and developed their project management skills with certifications and leadership positions. Learn more and register here.

November 13, 5-6pm: Beyond the Bench Seminar

Are you interested in learning what exactly business development is in a biotech company? Would you like to know more about how to get prepared to achieve the transition from “bench work” to the “business world” after graduation? If so, this is the seminar for you! Join the Graduate Business and Consulting Club and AAPS on November 13th at 5pm in Bioinformatics 1131 to meet Matthew Sweede for this month’s Beyond the Bench Seminar. Learn more and register here.

November 14, 5-7pm: UNC Startup Internship Meet and Greet

Are you interested in being a part of a startup? Why not start with an internship – whether you are looking for something part time this spring or a full-time summer opportunity, come meet some of the UNC alumni that are active in the entrepreneurial community. Meet and Greet event starts at 5:30pm, but come by at 5pm for appetizers and tips from UNC Career Services. Register here.

November 20, 1:30–3:30pm: From Science to Business: Barry Kappel PhD Speaks on Making the Transition from Science to Business

Barry Kappel, Ph.D., MBA, is the founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sapience Therapeutics. As a biotechnology entrepreneur, executive and native New Yorker, Dr. Kappel is driven to help develop and foster the biotechnology community in New York. Sapience is the latest example of this effort. Dr. Kappel, PhD, will speak on his career path, general career paths for PhDs in the business sector, and answer questions. Register here.